The Pitfalls of Dying Hair at Home


An ever-increasing number of people are rebuffing the salon in order to dye their hair at home. It is important to note that outside of the salon, there is the potential for things to go wrong. Here is what to be prepared for:

·        Choosing the correct product

At the salon, you might have a consultation prior to your appointment to discuss the unique needs of your hair. Your hairdresser can tell you what color options might work and how they might come out. They can also get an understanding of what you want to achieve and help cultivate the best way to make that happen. Outside of the salon, it comes down to plucking a product from the shelf without the necessary knowledge (in most cases) to know if the product is appropriate for your hair or what the result might be. This makes it difficult to know that you have committed to the right product and leaves the result a bit of a mystery. Hair is as individual as the owner and getting it right is a bit of a science.

·        Lack of supervision

At the salon, your experience is monitored closely by a qualified hair expert who can watch how the color develops and how your hair responds, adjusting the process accordingly. Most people at home dye their hair on their own without any supervision which can make it tricky to see how things are coming along. It is always best to have someone with you when you dye your hair, especially if that person knows a thing or two about hair dye! It can also be very difficult to add product to your own hair, especially if you are trying to cultivate highlights or a subtler blend of color. Even ombre can be done in a way that leaks seamless rather than as a solid block of color.


·        Developing times

Although box dyes do provide a developing time, not all hair responds in the same way to dye. Some hair goes lighter than expended and others take longer (or don’t take at all). A hairdresser can monitor this development and shorten (or lengthen) your exposure to the product in a controlled way. They can also adjust the color if the outcome is unexpected or undesired, by lightening brassy tones for instance.


·        Not taking the patch test

Before you color your hair, you should always conduct a patch test to see if you have an allergic reaction to the product. Even if you have used the product before with no consequence, this is still advised. Within the salon, any adverse reactions can be reported to the stylist who can respond immediately. At home, it can be difficult to react appropriately.

If you wish to dye your hair at home, please make sure that you follow the instructions carefully. If anything goes wrong, come to your salon immediately to get the process rectified by a trusted stylist